Man and woman posing together for engagement shoot

Top five tips to get the most out of your engagement photoshoot

Having a pre-wedding photoshoot is a brilliant idea as it helps relax you ahead of the big day, you can get to know your photographer a little more (and vice versa) and it gives you a fun ‘practice run’ before the wedding. It is also an opportunity to get some professional photos images to use on your save the date cards or invitations.

I offer engagement photography for all my couples, I have a studio and feel happy to shoot in the that environment I tend to lean toward outdoor sessions for these type of session where possible, it is closer to how things will be on the day plus we can change things up and move around accordingly to utilise the light and the background.

Engagement photography allows you to bring some special props along, for example some of my couples like to bring champagne and a picnic blanket for a summer session or wellies and a cosy blanket in the winter. I am always happy to discuss and advise when styling for engagement shoots. Fur babies are also welcome to come along for the fun.

Man and woman holding each other arm in arm

Five top tips to get the most from your engagement session

  1. Think about timing, the beautiful soft morning light is perfect plus everywhere is quieter at that time so less distracting people walking past. Golden hour is also amazing as it the most flattering light, typically this is the last hour or two before sunset.
  2. Consider professional hair and makeup so you feel fantastic on the day – ladies, you may want to consider your nails as it is likely you will want to show off your new engagement ring off on a few photos
  3. Leading on from that….make a day of it. If you are all dressed up and having a shoot together why not have lunch afterwards or a special brunch beforehand. Don’t make it a rushed job in-between life-admin – be romantic!
  4. Coordinate with one another without being too ‘matchy matchy’. Soft neutral earthy tones work well for outdoor shoots, avoid too many clashing colours and patterns which will become the (unwanted) focal point of the images. I always provide styling advice ahead of time to all my couples.
  5. Bring a few props or items that are personal to you – be that your much-loved furbaby, a picnic hamper, a special blanket or your favourite flowers.

Man and woman holding hands in a field
Man and woman wearing sunglasses laughing together
Man and woman posing together for engagement shoot
Man and woman holding each other next to a fountain
Man and woman kissing and holding hands
Man carrying woman and kissing

These photographs are from George and Paige’s engagement session, which took place at their wedding venue in Stone, Staffordshire. When Covid put a stop to their big day in 2020, we met up on their planned wedding date to capture these beautiful photographs instead. Then, when their second wedding date came in 2021, they were ready to rock when they finally got hitched on another gloriously sunny day!

George and Paige’s wedding photography at The Boathouse, Aston Marina.

Summer wedding at The Boathouse, Aston Marina

Such an amazing wedding to photograph, after having to postpone due to Covid George and Paige were chomping at the bit to finally get married and have the wedding day of their dreams. My favourite part? How to choose? I think their first dance outside in the setting sun with all their friends a family circled around them was definitely up there with the highlights!

Paige’s makeup look was created by Helen Willis who is SO good at what she does, was great to work with her again, the bride’s stunning up-do was by Ooh LaLa Hair Designs. I am terrible at hair and makeup (mascara and a messy bun for me) so I love this part of the day, I get to find out some tips of the trade and watch some really talented artists. The Boathouse looked so pretty thanks to the talented Bespoke Creations who always create such a fabulous unique look for each of their weddings. Paige had the most amazing train on her Justin Alexander gown…against the bright blue sky it was just heaven to photograph.

I was also lucky enough to photograph a wonderful engagement shoot for these two at the marina (see, Top five tips to get the most out of your engagement photoshoot). I love shooting at The Boathouse, Aston Marina, each day is always unique and special to each couple, the staff go above and beyond for all of their couples and being a recommended supplier with them is a dream come true.. Every time I receive an enquiry for The Boathouse I know it is going to be a goodun!

Bride and groom on wedding day standing infront of wedding car
Bridal party on wedding day
Wedding welcome sign and table set for wedding breakfast
Bride and bridesmaids holding wedding bouquets
Groom and ushers on wedding day
Bride and groom smiling at camera on wedding day
Bride and groom after ceremony under confetti
Bride in wedding dress
Bride and bridesmaids in wedding pyjamas
bride and groom kissing on wedding day